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Comment Re:Democracy (Score 1) 155

Facebook has three classes of shares:

Class A-- held by most of the public, one vote per share
Class B-- held by company insiders, ten votes per share
Class C-- to be issued in the future, zero votes per share.

This structure will allow Zuckerberg to issue as many shares as he wants, without diluting his ownership of the company.


Comment Re:And how much will the EU (Score 1) 866

It depends on the kind of benefits you receive. Survivor's benefits for disabled dependents of disabled, then deceased parents, (or of people with a deceased spouse collecting disability at the time) can be much lower. Mine are $800 per month, plus Medicare premiums.

As a condition, I am allowed to earn $900 per month for (I believe) 9 (or 12?) of any 18 (or 24?) month period within a sliding window, but if I earn any more than that for 10/13 months months, I lose everything. No medical, no insurance.

My benefits are under my deceased father's Social Security number, which means they're what he earned during his lifetime and have just been passed on to me. Re-applying if I lose my job after giving up my benefits means qualifying on my own disability from a starting point of zero, and could take several years if successful at all.

As the system works today, I can do a little consulting and pull in just enough to have to file taxes every year, owing a few hundred dollars on tax day due to being paid via 1099. This would be utterly unsustainable, if I were single and living alone. Under a Universal Basic Income system, or at the very least, a reformed/streamlined and more forgiving model that allowed me to keep my medical insurance through Medicare no matter what, I would feel the freedom to try and work more, work harder, and start my own full-scale consulting business. But I can't take that risk now, because it's just too damn high.

Data Storage

Samsung Unveils V-NAND High Performance SSDs, Fast NVMe Card At 5.5GB Per Second 61

MojoKid writes: Sometimes it's the enterprise sector that gets dibs on the coolest technology, and so it goes with a trio of TCO-optimized, high-performance solid state drives from Samsung that were just announced, all three of which are based on three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The fastest of bunch can read data at up to 5,500 megabytes per second. That's the rated sequential read speed of Samsung's PM1725, a half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe card-type NVMe SSD. Other rated specs include a random read speed of up to 1,000,000 IOPS, random write performance of up to 120,000 IOPS, and sequential writes topping out at 1,800MB/s. The PM1725 comes in just two beastly storage capacities, 3.2TB and 6.4TB, the latter of which is rated to handle five drive writes per day (32TB) for five years. Samsung also introduced two other 3D V-NAND products, the PM1633 and PM953. The PM1633 is a 2.5-inch 12Gb/s SAS SSD that will be offered in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, and 3.84TB capacities. As for the PM953, it's an update to the SM951 and is available in M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors at capacities up to 1.92TB.

Comment Lexis Nexis might do the trick (Score 1) 424

Once upon a time, you could perform this kind of search

[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!


Comment Is it too late to rename the Laniakea Supercluster (Score 1) 286

wikipedia states

The name Laniakea means "immeasurable heaven" in Hawaiian, from lani for "heaven" and akea for "spacious" or "immeasurable". The name was suggested by Nawa'a Napoleon, an associate professor of Hawaiian language at Kapiolani Community College. The name honors Polynesian navigators who used heavenly knowledge to navigate the Pacific Ocean.[3][7]

And perhaps more importantly, the Nature letter and preprint

Comment Re: uh... (Score 1) 170

If you pay for the service, the bandwidth, and have the equipment, it's annoying when you have to settle for the bare minimum. Not necessarily HULK SMASH lebel of annoying, but it's still there..

I happen to like aesthetically pleasing films. Sometimes, if the aesthetics are constrained by network issues, the film really isn't "worth" watching-- I'll read a book, or do a little programming instead.

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